Cuisine: Comfort Food

best recipe for spanish bean soup

Spanish Bean Soup

Spanish bean soup, Potajes de garbanzos, has long been a Cuban tradition. My first taste of this soup was at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Florida near Tampa. It was love at first taste! I truly could not get enough of it. Like can't-put-it-down-lick-the-bottom-of-the-bowl delicious... ok so I didn't do that at the restaurant in front of my mother-in-law, but I wanted too. As with any addiction, I needed my fix of this soup and seeing as I live 1,548 miles from Ybor City.... I had to learn to make this at home.

This is a comforting soup best served with a big slice of crusty bread. If there are any leftovers its even better the next day.


German red cabbage recipe

German Red Cabbage

This braised cabbage dish is a wonderfully sweet and sour German tradition originating from my Dad's side (The Steinhoff's) of the family. Awesome dish! Easy to make and so tasty! Pairs nicely with pork or even venison.


Mom’s Homemade White Bread

Mom made this bread all the time while growing up. There was nothing better than coming home from school to the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. Her bread recipe bakes up beautifully golden brown. Best enjoyed simply slathered with a bit of butter, but also great for toasting. Freezes well.


Uncle Andy’s Macaroni & Cheese

Another classic from Grandma's recipe collection. She credits her brother-in-law, Andy Bertha, as her source for this recipe. This is a quick & easy recipe to make for a family dinner and pairs perfectly with meatloaf.

By Elsie

best jambalaya recipe


Jambalaya, New Orleans spicy one-pot favorite of sausage, seafood, veggies and rice. Soul food at its finest - hearty, satisfying, and deeply comforting!

Sprinkle with diced scallions and serve with fresh out of the oven cornbread.


Pizza Soup

I'm a pizza lover! I can eat pizza several days a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner. However, I'm also trying to watch my carbs and this soup has all the flavors you'd expect from pizza without the crust.


Game Day Chili

I love chili... it’s warm, comforting, and you get to top it with things like shredded cheddar cheese, onion, sour cream and fresh cilantro. What’s not to like? This particular chili should be on every tailgater's must have list especially on a cold days outside the Frozen Tundra or for that game day party when you have lots of people to feed.


Elsie’s Potato Soup

This recipe of Gramdma's makes a creamy and flavorful soup, loaded with chewy dumplings. I prefer to use my homemade turkey stock in place of the water.

By Elsie

quick & easy wild rice soup recipe

Quick & Easy Wild Rice Soup

This recipe originates from the Nelson side of the family. Served with crusty bread on a cold winter's night is truly soul warming!


Loma's steak chili recipe

Steak Chili

This is a unique twist on chili, and yes, it is made without beans. If you feel you must add beans, please add them at the end, so they do not soak up the spices intended for the meat.